[16 May/Stuff]

Every sheep and beef farm will have a tailored environment plan by the end of 2021 and the industry is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050 with the new Beef + Lamb NZ strategy. Its priority areas were healthy productive soils, thriving biodiversity, reducing carbon emissions and cleaner water. Farm plans would be developed that take the four priorities into consideration and new tools, technology, support, advice and research would be made available. Beef + Lamb NZ Chief Executive, Sam McIvor, said sheep and beef farmers had the opportunity to be world-leaders. It saw farmers adopting new management techniques to improve their environmental performance and using more farm monitoring and measuring to feedback on what is working. Ministry funding would be used to work with farmers. Nearly half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture.